CARMEL, Ind. (June 3, 2021)— Today, Energy Systems Network (ESN) announced Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) CEO John Bear as the chairman of its Board of Directors. Bear has served as an ESN Board Member since 2014. The nonprofit focuses on the development of the advanced energy technology and transportation sectors. Bear succeeds Doug Esamann, executive vice president of energy solutions and president of the Midwest and Florida regions for Duke Energy Corp., who has served as chairman of the ESN Board since 2017.
“I am humbly honored to be named chair of the ESN board and to partner with an organization whose mission is centered around one of MISO’s Core Values: Collaboration,” said Bear. “ESN is committed to bringing together a broad, international consortium of organizations and institutions dedicated to providing world class solutions to today’s energy challenges.”
ESN’s vision is to build an energy ecosystem that integrates all aspects of the energy landscape: energy generation, distribution, the built environment and transportation. Their mission is to leverage the network of global thought leaders to develop integrated energy solutions to increase the quality of life for today and tomorrow.
“ESN would like to thank Doug Esamann for his many years of leadership, and we know that strong leadership of our Board of Directors will continue with John Bear,” said Paul Mitchell, president and CEO of ESN. “John has been a longtime ESN Board director and strong supporter of our work. He leads one of the most important organizations in the North American energy industry and the deep expertise and diverse contacts he brings will no doubt enhance our network.”
Bear joined MISO in 2004 and has more than 25 years of executive leadership in the utility industry. As Chief Executive Officer of MISO since January 2009, he leads MISO’s continuous efforts to work collaboratively and transparently with its members to reliably deliver low-cost energy through efficient, innovative, operations and planning.
Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that delivers safe, cost-effective electric power across 15 U.S. states and the Canadian province of Manitoba. MISO is committed to reliable, nondiscriminatory operation of the bulk power transmission system and collaborating with all stakeholders to create cost-effective and innovative solutions for our changing industry. MISO operates one of the world’s largest energy markets with nearly $22 billion in annual gross market energy transactions.
About Energy Systems Network (ESN)
ESN is an Indianapolis-based nonprofit initiative focused on the development of the advanced energy technology and transportation sectors. Over the last decade, ESN has collaborated with a range of industry, academia, and government partners to deliver sustainable energy and mobility solutions, including electric car sharing, vehicle-to-smart grid communications, mobility-as-a-service, and others. ESN’s mission is to leverage its network of global thought leaders to develop integrated energy solutions to increase quality of life for today and tomorrow. The company’s focus is to: reduce costs, emissions and waste; influence policy; and advance technological innovation. For more information, visit www.energysystemsnetwork.com.